Climate Friendly Gardening

By Susan Littlefield

While climate change is a global problem, home gardeners can do their part to avoid contributing to the problem. By following the dictum "Think globally, act locally," gardeners can use climate-friendly techniques and tools to maximize the amount of carbon storage in their green spaces and minimize the emission of other global warming gases from their gardens and landscapes. A new, science-based guide, The Climate-Friendly Home Gardener: A Guide to Combating Global Warming from the Ground Up, is available as a free PDF download from the Union of Concerned Scientists, a non-profit organization whose mission is to use science to work for a healthy environment and safer world.

The guide offers recommendations to gardeners on minimizing the use of carbon-emitting tools and products such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers and garden chemicals; using cover crops to protect the soil and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers; planting trees and shrubs in the landscape to not only take up carbon dioxide, but save energy as well; using composting to keep yard and food wastes out of landfills; and growing a "green" lawn.

To read more about climate-friendly gardening to, go to: Garden Guide.

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